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Score 8 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst is an absolute rock-star for companies that want an all in one solution, who have limited budgets and/or little technical expertise. It will scale well and can grow with your company. It is more complex and more flexible than something like Wix, where your options are heavily limited, but less open than WordPress where you can use plug-ins and custom code to rebuild how anything works. So it is a nice area in the middle.Adobe Business Catalyst would probably not be a great solution for companies who want absolute control over their website and everything in it and have highly experienced technical resources to build out whatever they need since not every area of the website or server can be modified.
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LightCMS

LightCMS is perfect for 90% of websites out there. It has all the basic modules like calendars, photo galleries, news/blog, or forms building built in. Small businesses to mid-sized businesses are perfect for LightCMS.We use other solutions when the requierments for the website include a lot of third party integrations or custom modules. As a hosted CMS it has the same limitations as others with server-side development.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.6
LightCMS
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
LightCMS
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.0
LightCMS
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.8
LightCMS
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.9
LightCMS
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
LightCMS
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.0
LightCMS
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.1
LightCMS
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
3.1
LightCMS
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.8
LightCMS

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
LightCMS
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
LightCMS
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.2
LightCMS
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.4
LightCMS
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
LightCMS

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
LightCMS
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
LightCMS
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.3
LightCMS

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.2
LightCMS
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.8
LightCMS
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.6
LightCMS

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
LightCMS
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.0
LightCMS
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
LightCMS
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
LightCMS

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.5
LightCMS
API
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.6
LightCMS
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
LightCMS
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
LightCMS
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
5.5
LightCMS

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
8.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
8.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
9.1
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
10.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
9.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
9.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
10.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
10.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
10.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
8.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
7.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
7.3
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
4.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
7.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
8.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
LightCMS
10.0

Pros

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • As mentioned previously, we use the Content Holder module quite often because of the ability to place any html content that is prone to being frequently edited. It simplifies the process and allows us to simplify our templates.
  • We also like the ease of the Photo Gallery and how simple it is to either add or remove photos from the gallery once it has been placed.
  • Media Downloads seems to be a very helpful resource. With its ability to be categorized both by file type and customized categories within the web site and then placed by category also helps us streamline document placement especially when there are large number of those resources to organize.
  • News is obviously a much needed resource and it is simple to add news items, classify them and place them on template pages where they are fed. It is one of the easiest items to teach new clients how to manage.
  • Web Apps is our most prized module because of the ease of creating a database, then being able to style the output in any shape form or fashion.
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LightCMS

  • LightCMS provides all the major functionality 90% of sites need. It keeps out of its own way by making these solutions intuitive and simple and not trying to solve every problem for everyone which would over-complicate the tool-set.
  • This is the easiest to use CMS we have ever seen. I tell my client's that if they can make a Facebook post, they can manage their website, and it's true. Their UI is so easy and keeps getting easier to use. Untrained users get it in minutes and are able to manage their sites without our help.
  • LightCMS's code is simple and light-weight. Sites are fast and the CMS doesnt get in the way of performance.
  • You can do almost anything you want (except server-side programming) with LightCMS. So, we can create any design we want and it works great with Light CMS's tokens and editable regions concept (which is also simple to implement.)
  • Constantly upgraded and fixed, the product is 1000x better after 10 years of working with it, but is still simple and not bloated.
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Cons

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • The Web Forms is very helpful and easy to create. Placing the forms is simple especially when inserting as a module. The problem comes after placement. It is time consuming if there are any edits that need to be made to the form. For example, if you are in the U.S., you typically do not want other countries to show up on a dropdown menu. It would be great if BC would allow you to check the countries (or states) that you want to be active. Also, often times within a web form you may want to include to separate address fields. That is not allowed unless you go back and do custom editing for the forms. "Workarounds" are typically possible but for the designer, anything that adds time to the process also cuts down on profitability.
  • Where we enjoy the ease of creating Photo Galleries, we also don't like the fact that you can style the output like you can within other module templates. For example, many clients would like to offer better descriptions and even style the descriptions. If displaying a photo from a art museum, you may want to give the proper title and that would include italicizing the name of the artwork.
  • One of our biggest pet peeves is the fact that BC only offers the European date style when displaying that dates in the modules. You should be able to check a box on which date style should be shown.
  • On Web Apps, almost everything is fantastic EXCEPT for the ability to sort web app items by date. If I wanted to create a calendar of events based on a web app I want to create, I would want to be able to display those items in chronological order.
  • The Event Module is great except the way it uses a quirky form to process payments and reserve events. It should behave more like an ecommerce solution where the form is easier to fill out, customize, submit and process.
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LightCMS

  • While keeping it simple is LightCMS's thing, some of the elements/modules could use deeper options or control for advanced users.
  • Some content, such as calendars, cannot have data exported/imported easily.
  • Support was amazing 10 years ago. We openly talked about how awesome they were... it isn't as good as it once was, but is still way above almost every support of other CMS systems we have used.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.4
Based on 10 answers
It's a robust and reliable product.
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LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.7
Based on 4 answers
Overall it is a "plug and play" interface. The majority of the work is done in other software interfaces. Managing billing, user roles and custom reports are all that you need to manage in the actual BC user interface. For my business this is an incredible benefit as I have to leave my preferred software less.
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LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.6
Based on 5 answers
The support provided by Adobe is excellent. Though the knowledge base, forums, blogs and online chat questions most all answers can be found. In the event that you are unable to find an answer or you have a unique situation simply post a question to the forums. These forums are regularly monitored by Adobe and its users.
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LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

I have worked with BigCommerce, ExpressionEngine, WordPress and other custom content management systems. The speed of the setup and ease of use are the primary reasons I choose BusinessCatalyst over other systems. While the CRM and Email platform are not as extensive as others, it provides a one stop solution to clients
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LightCMS

We have looked at hundrends of CMS's and LightCMS is a perfect entry-level system for most of our small to mid sized clients. LightCMS's feature set is less complex than almost every other system and the actual interface is miles ahead of most other CMS systems. It's simply thought out better. It lacks sensibility and an API as well as other advanced features many more expensive or more DIY systems have, but the simplicity makes up for it.
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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LightCMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • As someone who uses it on behalf of other clients, our ROI with BC is definitely positive. We needed a mid-range CMS without huge licensing costs to satisfy mid-range clients who have some dynamic needs but doesn't need the expense or liability of enterprise level products. Without it we would have lost possible customers or taken bigger hits on projects because of the costs involved with satisfying their mid-level needs
  • Our clients are all usually very positive about the BC platform and are able to use it themselves which lessens our Support time/cost.
  • To use the Web App element,. which we do on almost every site, you need to pay for the highest plan. This brings along with it many features most of our clients would never use. A more basic plan with that Web App capability would be a big improvement on our costs.
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LightCMS

  • While I always think the price could be cheaper, LightCMS is incredibly inexpensive if you consider the costs of hosting, support, and upgrading is all included.
  • As part of their partner program, we are able to control client accounts from our master account, making moving between clients easier and supporting them faster which ultimately makes our labor costs better.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

LightCMS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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